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EU unveils sweeping climate change plan
The EU Commission is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels by 2030 in order to meet the Paris climate goal signed in 2016, which aims to keep global temperature rise below 2C, hopefully, 1.5C, to prevent environmental disasters. It is a quite challenging task to achieve without sacrificing economic activities and growth as well as the convenience and comfort of daily lives. For example, if jet fuel and coal are taxed heavily to stimulate the industries to use greener energy sources, consumers will have to pay for the additional costs. Also, if the incentives or goals are not substantial enough to make the industries move, not only green parties or environmentalists but also people who are conscious of the environment will not be satisfied. It is indeed their generational task, not just for their future days but for their future generations. The draft proposals the EU commission announced recently to realize a carbon-neutral society by 2050 seem to show the EU’s initiative and ambition to save the world from environmental destruction.
While industrial revolution #4 is progressing especially in the IT industry, it seems to be the time to call for the environmental revolution.
Enjoy reading the article and learn about what governing bodies should do for our future generations.